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The Best Bird Feeders that Keep Sneaky Squirrels Away

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Bird watching is multi-seasonal. New, colorful species come and go, and welcoming them into your yard with the best bird feeders not only allows you access to natural beauty from the comfort of your home, but also it contributes towards the local ecosystem.

There are many styles of bird feeders that you can introduce to your garden to encourage wildlife to prosper. Some are even designed to keep squirrels from stealing your birdseed!

Here are our favorite bird feeders that you can set up in your backyard, ready for the new season and new species of birds.

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Copper Panorama Hanging Bird Feeder – 2 lb. Capacity

$15.99, Home Depot

Why we like it:

  • Designed to stop dispensing seeds when tray gets full
  • Sure-Lock cap system ensures lid stays put
  • Elegant copper finish adds a charming touch to your backyard

This Panorama Copper Wild Bird Feeder freely welcomes birds into your back garden, so you can contribute to the ecosystem while watching the wonderful various species in your local area. The tray automatically stops overspill when the seeds are dispensed to minimize waste, and a Sure-Lock cap system prevents sneaky squirrels from having a meal.

One reviewer wrote: “I have had this feeder for one week and I can’t believe the amount and variety of birds that have already visited. Cardinals, Blue Jays, Finches, Wrens, Doves, Chickadees, Woodpecker, Robins, Blackbirds, Sparrows, and even a family of 10 turkeys!!! Not to mention all of the bunnies that come to visit in the evening to eat the seed that has fallen to the ground. No squirrels or chipmunks have been able to get into this feeder either, despite their attempts! The feeder is sturdy, attractive and can feed up to five birds at once. The wraparound bar can hold even the bigger birds like Blue Jays and Doves. I am so pleased with this feeder that I plan on purchasing another!”

Sun and Star Lantern Hanging Bird Feeder – 3.5 lb. Capacity

$18.98, Home Depot

Why we like it:

  • All-metal construction makes it durable and rust-proof
  • Four wide perching areas allows multiple birds to feed at a time
  • Drain holes save seeds and keep them fresh and clean

The Sun and Star Metal Brown Hopper Bird Feeder is made from extremely durable and rust-free metal and features drainage holes. There is also a perch on all four sides, allowing multiple birds to feed at once.

One reviewer wrote: “Good size holds a lot of seeds so I don’t have to refill so often and the pesky squirrels can’t knock it off the shepherd’s hook. Nice color and easy to refill. Very pleased.”

Best Choice Products 91in 4-Hook Bird Feeding Station, Steel Multi-Feeder Stand w/ 2 Feeders, Tray, Bird Bath

$39.99, Walmart

Why we like it:

  • Material: Steel
  • Includes: Feeder frame (poles, hooks), Water bowl, Mesh tray Tube feeder, Suet feeder
  • Minimal assembly required (with instructions)

There’s no better way to introduce birds into your garden space than this 4-hook bird station. It’s easy to set up and includes a water bowl, mesh tray tube feeder, and a suet feeder. By using the ground stakes, and the bird station will be sturdy enough to handle heavy winds.

One reviewer wrote: “This is a great value and a beautiful birdfeeder. Very easy to put together and the birds love it just make sure to put the water dish in a location away from the birdfeeders otherwise they drop the feed into the water. I have a squirrel buster bird feeder I put on one side and then the birdfeeder that came with it on the other side and then I fill up the dish with bird feed and I haven’t yet put out the suet feeder, but plan to once I get the feed for it. The birds just absolutely love it though and I think the price is just amazing if I had another location I would buy another one.”

Squirrel-X Wild Bird 4.2 Metal/Plastic Tube Bird Feeder 4 ports

$40.65, Walmart

Why we like it:

  • Tube type feeders-squirrel proof
  • Unique adjustable depth perches
  • Wide-mouth design offers easier filling to reduce or eliminate spillage
  • Seed allocated evenly to all four ports- no more empty ports

This design helps defeat the common problem of squirrels stealing seeds from your bird feeder. Built with four ports to feed multiple birds at once, this Squirrel-X Wild Birdfeeder has customizable perches that allow you to change the length. It also has a wide-mouth design that offers easier filling to limit any spillage.

One reviewer wrote: “My wife and I have been very pleased with how this bird feeder allows the birds to feed while keeping the squirrels at bay. The squirrels have tried — man have they tried — to rob this bird feeder, but they gave up after several weeks of various assault tactics, all of which failed. We have this bird feeder mounted on a 24” rod, which extends from one of the support posts on our front porch. I highly recommended this bird feeder to anyone who has been tempted to give up on feeding the birds due to pesky squirrels.”

Gazebo Decorative Hopper Bird Feeder

$56.99, Wayfair

Why we like it:

  • Easy to fill top
  • Hanging
  • Decorative and functional

Made in the US, this decorative Gazebo Hopper BirdFeeder is to be hung from a hook and can be filled from the top via the roof. Holding up to ten pounds of seed, you won’t have to refill the feeder as often.

One reviewer wrote: “This bird feeder has brought so many beautiful birds to my yard. Easy to wash, holds a lot of birdseed. I bought a second one.”

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